Our Staff

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Andy Evenson

Pastor

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Pastor Andy started his ministry with Christ Lutheran in August, 2016. He is the proud husband of Alissa and father of Mathilde. The Evenson family members are all excited to be living out their faith with the great people at Christ Lutheran.
Pastor Andy loves to study and share God’s Word in Bible studies, informal conversation, and sermons, proclaiming the grace, mercy, and freedom that we all long to hear.
In his free time he enjoys running, fixing on his Volkswagens, spending time with his family, helping out on the family farm, and fishing.

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Catherine Langord Wall

Director of Worship & Music

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Catherine has been serving with God’s family at Christ Lutheran Church since August, 2004, and has had many years of experience directing worship and music in Lutheran churches. She has studied Lutheran theology and worship practices and worship arts, attending classes, conferences and clinics each year at ELCA colleges and Luther and United seminaries. She studied music at Winona State College and Inver Hills Community College, and has studied at MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis.

Catherine is married to David Wall, an ELCA pastor who is serving a call in Intentional Interim Ministry. They have daughters, Kate and Carolyn, son Sten, son-in-law Leo Campero, and a new, amazing granddaughter, Jannike. With new family in Venezuela, they’re busy learning Spanish!

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Kristin Tranby

Director of Intergenerational Ministries

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Kristin is delighted to join the staff at Christ Lutheran and partner with the children, youth and families to do some dynamic ministry together! After 10 years in the youth ministry business, it has become apparent that really great youth ministry happens when the whole congregation is passionate and engaged together - and Kristin is grateful for the opportunity to help that happen at CLC.

Kristin, Cory and their two boys Everett (5) and Kieran (2) live in Woodbury. Kristin stays busy by playing with her boys, volunteering at Bailey Elementary, and hanging out with youth. She loves sunshiny days, trying new foods, good hugs, and coffee.

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Diane Beres

Administrative Assistant

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Diane came to Christ Lutheran in 1998 when her family moved to Lake Elmo. Over the years she has taught Sunday School, was Sunday School Superintendent and taught 7th Grade Confirmation. She joined our staff in November 2013.
Diane and her husband Tim have three children, Katelyn, Jacob and Ellen, all of whom are college students. When Diane has some down time, you will find her in her craft room quilting and scrapbooking.

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Sara Beekie

Administrative Assistant/Coordinator for Small Groups

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My name is Sara Beekie and it is a joy and a blessing to be a part of the staff here at Christ Lutheran
Church. A little about myself: I am married to Raj, and we have three children: Sarita, Rajee and Mohan.
We also have 2 Siberian Forest cats, Alpha and Mu. I have worked in various church positions:
receptionist, business administrator, director of adult ministry, and interim children’s ministry
coordinator. I am also a singer, small group facilitator and a blogger-in-the-making. As a Pastor’s Kid (PK)
it feels like home working in a church environment. I look forward to meeting many of you in the days
and weeks ahead. Please stop by the church office and introduce yourself. I’ll end with 2 confessions: I
am a Green Bay Packer Fan and I love sauerkraut and pork!

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Jenni Geiser

Marketing Communications Coordinator

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My family has been attending CLC for many years and we've been very happy here. I enjoy being a part of the Visual Arts Committee and participating in various small groups. Our two daughters, Greta and Lydia grew up here—learning, serving, growing in their faith and mainly, having fun. 

I'm happy to be able to use my Graphic Design background to give CLC a voice and a presence in our community and our world. 

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Kisten Thompson

Visitation Pastor

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I'm very pleased to be Christ Lutheran's Visitation Pastor! I'm a retired ELCA pastor, having spent my entire ministry career here in the Saint Paul Area Synod. I have both a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary here in Saint Paul and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Memphis so visitation and pastoral care has always been one of my gifts and joys. I'm married to Pastor Tim Thompson who serves as the Associate Pastor for Discipleship at St. Stephen's in West St. Paul. I have two biological sons from my first marriage and two daughters adopted from Vietnam. My oldest child is 44 and my youngest is 18! And we are blessed with four grandchildren. My hobbies include reading, camping, yoga devotion and making photo books.

The best way to reach me is through my cell phone: 651-216-5493 or by email: . I look forward to serving with you!

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Andrea Zirbel

Director of Youth Ministries

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Hello people of CLC!
I am so excited to serve as your Director of Youth Ministries!  I grew up in Watertown, South Dakota and attended undergrad at South Dakota State University. From there, I relocated to Los Angeles and began to work globally in the anti-human trafficking movement. I also led social justice based immersions for college students and church leaders in response to feeling called to empower the next generation of leaders. This calling led me to pursue my Masters in Global Urban Leadership from Bakke Graduate University, and currently I am completing my dissertation for Doctorate in Transformational Leadership, expected to graduate in June 2020.

Studying leadership has taken me on an incredible, challenging, and unexpected journey.  I am still passionate about social justice and want to help leaders on the frontlines embrace a transformative model of leadership. However, I have become increasingly convinced that the best way to help the world heal is through the youth. As a result, I have spent the past six years helping youth develop leadership skills, character, and critical thinking skills, and have led immersions for youth geared at understanding the complexities of poverty and privilege in our society. Our young people are up against so many challenges. I want to help them learn to navigate an increasingly complex world, and provide them with training and experiences that holistically prepare them for their journeys into adulthood. 

They say every youth needs 5 adults outside of their parents for optimal well-being in life. I look forward to being one of those 5 for your young people, and will do whatever I can to help support their journeys.